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August 15, 2009

CANCER MORTALITY HAVE STEADILY DROPPED OVER PAST THREE DECADES. . .AND WHY WE DON'T KNOW IT

Scientific Blogging - According to a recently published report in the journal Cancer Research, cancer mortality rates have been steadily dropping over the last three decades.. . . Cancer mortality rates are typically reported as composite age-adjusted rates. And while those have slightly declined since the 1990s, they tend to emphasize the outcomes of elderly Americans, whose mortality rates are obviously much higher than those among younger patients. . . By stratifying cancer mortality rates by age, [the research] found that every group of individuals has seen a drop in cancer mortality since 1925. Unsurprisingly, it was the youngest groups that saw the biggest decline at 26 percent, and these tend to be the individuals who are overlooked by traditional mortality statistics.

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